Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,325 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 106
Gots: 186 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Lately it occurs to us that if, back in 1989, you planned on starting a brewery in the back of your carpentry shop, you'd been wise to seek out someone like Harold “Trip” Hogue. A collector of ancient Volvos, Trip was well qualified for the make-do engineering required to coax recalcitrant equipment out of retirement and into making the first Boulevard beers. Today, he is our longest-tenured employee. We offer this rich, golden Tripel in grateful tribute to dedication, everywhere.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: homebrewhawk on 11-24-2007)
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Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Hopswagger
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # T12123

P:  A clear shimmering golden body of furious effervescence and crowned with an off white cloud of weightless creamy head. Retention is great and leaves walls of of creamy lacing. 

S:  Sweet candy sugar, bubblegum, peach taffy, powdery yeast, sweet bursts of alcohol, thick sweet malt base, spices, traces of mint, white grapes, sweet apples, banana, pears. Sweet and malty but a very balanced aroma. 

T/M:  Creamy and aggressively carbonated creating a nice dryness. 
Taste is more muted than the nose and delivers a peppery, cinnamon alcohol sting surrounded by a wave of juicy bubblegum.  Fruit really showcases the balanced sweetness and hosts a fantastic base for the herbal and fruit rind hop bitterness.  

O:  I can't believe I waited so long to try this. Every time I saw it in the store I would start to grab it but decided not to.  This was well worth the wait. The rich candy and fruit mixed with the subtle bitterness all in a creamy succulent body.  And given  ABV the alcohol is very well hidden.  This is by far an outstanding Triple.  Another satisfying smokestack. 

Photo of jjcote
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of paleoplant
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this through Just Pour. Never had it before and i wasn't disappointed. This was a nice triple. Good taste, nice color and mouth feel. Alcohol was strong on this beer, but it was overpowering. I will definitely order it again. I need to check this place out when I go to Missouri....

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Coax
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of srivera14
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of flyingmick
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a golden amber shade with fantastic color quality. The body is a little lighter near the bottom of the glass, with prevalent trails of carbonation throughout. The head is a four finger white color with a thin texture and lowish retention. As the head recedes, spotty clumps of lace are left on the glass. Becomes quite hazy once more of the yeast is poured in, while little floaties sink to the bottom.

S: There are quite a bit of varying tropical fruits, but not in a hop-driven manner. Notes of banana, apricot, papaya, and mango exist on the nose, with a heaping helping of candied sugar and some malt. Just a nice smelling beer in general.

T: I kind of feared it would be overly sweet (always a precaution I have with tripels), but it's quite neutral, in a good way. Tropical fruits open up the flavor profile nicely, before becoming fairly malty, with augmenting yeast giving it a flavor reminiscent of banana bread. Gradually, the initial light sweetness transforms into a pleasant bitterness, with a kiss of finishing phenols; while some herbs and spices (coriander, thyme, rosemary) appear between the mid-taste and finish. Once the beer opens up, a nicely subtle hop profile appears, helping to augment the light bitterness without harming the overall (solid) balance. It's not ultra complex, but at the same time, it's hardly simple.

M: Not as carbonated as the fizzy-looking body may suggest, which I like. Carbonation is still moderately high, but at least it isn't making me insanely gassy. It could stand to be a little lighter in body, though, especially near the finish, where it becomes thicker in texture. The yeast imparts a pleasant lingering aftertaste (not too bitter or sweet) without being too astringent and dry, while the alcohol becomes very hard to detect when its colder. Let it reach room temperature, however, and it will become faintly boozy - nothing that detracts, however.

O: Any high-gravity monster of a beer that I can polish off an entire 750mL bottle (with the proper amount of time and patience) of has to be damn good. By no means is it a chugger, but goddamnit it's Friday, so by God I'm drinking this whole bottle by myself! Boulevard did a great job with this one, and I'd gladly pick up again in the mood.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 7/8, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up in Chicago when I was there in 2011. enjoyed from my bells tulip while my wife enjoyed her pour from a half acre tulip.
batch T11063
12-2011

a - brew poured a majestic transparent orange with a solid 3+ fingers of big frothy head. insane carbonation can be seen going wild in the glass. great head, retention, and chunky lacing...rather attractive.

s - wonderful belgian sweetness with a kick of citrus and tropical fruit.

t - great bananana bubblegum flavor. some clove and sage as well. vanilla and tropical fruit.

m - lively carbonation and falls somewhere between light and medium bodied. great summer brew.

o - my wife proclaimed "this is delicious" which she rarely does when taking a pour of my brew. was very impressed with this beer as well. i've long been a fan of boulevard, but for some reason haven't gotten around to this bottle, but what a perfect pairing with today. the time on the bottle hasn't done an ounce of harm to it.

bottle

Photo of Living816
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Greenmachine07
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-basic triple, head vanishes quite rapidly clear and a good amount of carbonation.

S-bready with some scent of fruit, a hint of alcohol

T-its good but not amazing. the first burst has loads of flavor with fruit and a hint of citrus near the end followed by a alcohol hit.

O-i enjoyed this beer, honestly i do not think i would buy more then one or two. i have aging allagash and even fresh i feel it surpasses. maybe i am biased but this was not the best i have had. all and all a good experience

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of jrenihan
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2012.

Beer is a clear golden colour, with a large white head. Head quickly begins to dissispate, leaving just a film before too long. Minimal lacing.

Light fruit (apricot and banana stick out) in the nose, along with spice, yeast and alcohol. Sweet, bready malt. A pretty classic tripel scent. Good.

Taste is similar and also good. Apricot, spice, sweet malt, alcohol. Wheat. Fairly sweet, but finishes dry, along with some alcohol burn, which detracts a bit. Until that point, very tasty.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit bready. Alcohol noticeable.

Overall, a very nice tripel. Alcohol should be better hidden but otherwise very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.